City of Hopkinton Welcomes New Director of Library Services, Nanci Hill


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Nanci Hill has been appointed the new Director of Library Services for the Hopkinton Public Library. (Photo courtesy of the Town of Hopkinton)

HOPKINTON – Executive Director Norman Khumalo is pleased to announce the hiring of the new Director of Library Services, Nanci Hill.

Principal Hill began her new role as Director of Library Services at the Hopkinton Public Library on December 13. In this role, Hill will be responsible for overseeing and managing a wide range of library programs, services and resources and overseeing the current day-to-day operation of the facility and staff.

“We are delighted to welcome Director Hill to the Hopkinton Public Library and the Greater Hopkinton Community,” said General Manager Khumalo. “Director Hill brings with her a wealth of knowledge and a new perspective gained through all of her work and experience over the years. We look forward to the passion she will bring to her new role as Library Director and all the work she will do.

Principal Hill began her career in library services in 1999 as the first full-time young adult librarian of the Peabody Institute Library. She then assumed the role of Adult Services Librarian at the Peabody Institute Library and is credited with conserving the library’s Portuguese collection. While at Peabody, she also led a reading group for the staff at Peabody City Hall and one for the elderly at the Senior Center.

Hill then worked as Reference Manager and Head of Reading Services at the Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen, as Deputy Director at the Lucius Beene Memorial Library in Wakefield and the Cary Library in Lexington, and as Director of Library Services in Georgetown, Boxford and Dracut before joining the Hopkinton Public Library.

Throughout Director Hill’s career, she has also held numerous leadership positions at the consortium, state and national levels. She has served as president and executive committee member of the Merrimack Valley Library Association, past president of the Massachusetts Library Association, and a member of both the Public Library Association and the American Library Association. She also received the Massachusetts Library Association’s Library Staff Advocate of the Year award and was inducted into the Massachusetts Library Association Hall of Fame.

While a member of the Public Library Association, Director Hill co-edited the “Perspectives” column for Public Libraries magazine for seven years. She has also served as a representative on the Diversity Council, served on the Rainbow List committee and the Eli Obler Awards committee while also being a member of the American Library Association.

In addition to her many leadership and committee roles, Director Hill has also published several written works. Her published work includes her self-written book “Reading Women: A Book Group Guide”, several articles on librarianship and a column of Christian fiction in the Library Journal and contributes to NoveList, a database of readers’ advice used by the Library Journal. library staff and users.

“Nanci has a long history of serving library users at a high level. We are confident that she will be a great addition to the Hopkinton Public Library community and I look forward to working with her, ”said Susan Porter, chair of the library board.

Hill holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston. She also holds a BA in Philosophy and Literature from Bradford College.

“I am delighted to be working at Hopkinton in such a supportive and cooperative environment,” said Director Hill. “I am excited by the Board of Directors and City Manager Khumalo’s commitment to diversity and as such look forward to increasing diversity within our collections and programming. I also look forward to working alongside and partnering with the community, especially the Council on Aging, to help them in their efforts to care for people with dementia and provide care. to those who are affected.

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